This little winter shadow box looks great on a shelf or displayed on a small easel. The project takes advantage of the small recess in the back of a cradled wood artist panel. Layered die cut papers create dimension and draw the eye into the work.
Cradled wood panel 5×5 inch
Gel medium or decoupage glue
Scrap craft foam or foam tape
Turn the cradled wood panel over and measure the opening in the back of the panel. This will be the size you’ll need to cut the shadow box inserts.
Create the shadow box inserts in Cricut Design Space. You’ll need to create 3 different layers. Use the size you measured above to determine the overall size of each layer. As you design, create open space in upper layers so that layers beneath will show through. Leave about .25 to .5-inch uncut border around the outside of each layer.
Use the Cricut to cut the inserts from heavy watercolor paper.
Paint the shadow box inserts using acrylic paint in your choice of colors. Consider the contrast in paint colors as you make your selection. Allow to dry.
Paint the recess and visible sides on the back of the wood panel using acrylic paint in colors of your choice. Allow to dry.
Apply gold leaf to the top edge of the panel. Apply gel medium or decoupage glue to the edge and lay the gold leaf on top.
Allow to dry and brush away the excess gold leaf. Seal the gold leaf using a coat of gel medium or decoupage glue.
Turn each insert layer over and glue a strip of craft foam around all the edges using white glue.
Glue the layers into the recess, stacking one on top of the other.
Here’s another version to check out.